Ramaphosa Gives Workers An Opportunity To Cast Their Votes

President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to give every South African an opportunity to vote on election day. Therefore, it looks like another long weekend is on the cards in the next two weeks, as political parties improve their efforts to win over as many votes as possible at the upcoming municipal elections. 

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Following the upcoming local government elections, President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared 1 November 2021 a public holiday for all South Africans to cast their votes.

The holiday is declared in terms of Section 2A of the Public Holidays Act of 1994. 

All registered voters are urged to use the public holiday to exercise their democratic right and civic duty to elect new leadership to effect service delivery. 

This serves as an opportunity for all South African citizens to make their voice heard as they are given an opportunity to cast their votes. 

Ramaphosa also reminded voters that they can only cast their votes in polling stations where they registered for the local government elections.

This means voters must clear 1 November and set it aside for voting in their respective wards. 

If voters consider travelling on the day of the elections, this means they might miss the opportunity to vote. Ramaphosa insisted that voters remain where they live or registered, as they can’t transfer their votes to other polling stations on the election day. 

As the many will be exercising their democratic right by voting for their preferred candidates, the President has reminded voters to adhere to Covid-19 health guidelines. 

As the President moved the country to alert level 1, following the decrease in Covid-19 infections, the maximum number of people permitted to gather outdoors increased from 500 to 2 000 and 250 to 750 indoors. 

The adjusted numbers should be able to allow enough numbers of the public to gather inside and outside of voting stations. 

The President also asked employers to allow their employees to exercise their Constitutional right to vote on 1 November. 

The upcoming run of local government elections are expected to be more competitive as many of the municipalities under the ANC were implicated in corruption and lack of service delivery. 
 

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